Costa Cruises’ Costa neoRiviera recently achieved the highest scores across the fleet on customer satisfaction surveys. When Costa asked guests how likely they were to recommend their cruise to a friend, colleague or relative, passengers gave Costa neoRiviera the highest ratings, highlighting how quickly the line’s neoCollection has gained popularity since its inception.
Costa introduced its neoCollection late in 2013, featuring two of the line’s smaller ships — Costa neoRiviera and Costa neoRomantica — both able to sail to destinations inaccessible to larger vessels. The ships feature “slow cruising,” a style of cruise vacation that features longer, leisurely itineraries and extended time in port. The cruise line also designed small-group shore excursions to showcase cultural and natural attractions in each destination.
“We launched the neoCollection because we recognized that many travelers are looking for a more immersive cruise experience,” said Scott Knutson, vice president of sales and marketing for Costa Cruises North America. “Costa neoRiviera’s number-one ranking in the fleet validates our decision to develop the slow-cruise product and we’re pleased that it’s been so well received.”
For guests who want to embark on a neoCollection cruise there is a range of enticing itineraries to choose from. This fall both ships will sail 11-night itineraries in the Mediterranean roundtrip from Savona, Italy.
Costa neoRiviera’s 11-night itinerary features an overnight stay at Barcelona, Spain, and calls at Toulon, France; Valletta, Malta; and Porto Empedocle, Salerno and Livorno, Italy. Dates for that itinerary are Sept. 12 and 23; Oct. 4; and Nov. 6.
Costa neoRomantica’s 11-night itinerary features calls at Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Messina, Sicily; Piraeus (Athens) and Heraklion, Greece; Izmir, Turkey; Valletta; and Marseille, France. The ship departs Savona Oct. 9, 20 and 31; and Nov. 11 and 22. Guests can also enjoy the same itinerary, but roundtrip from Civitavecchia, with departures Sept. 29; Oct. 10 and 21; and Nov. 1 and 12.
Following a refurbishment, Costa Classica will join the neoCollection in December as Costa neoClassica and will sail the Indian Ocean and east coast of Africa.
Costa neoClassica’s first sailing will be a 25-night cruise from Savona, departing Dec. 18, and featuring calls at Naples, Italy; Sharm El Sheik and Safaga, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan; Salalah, Oman; Diego Suarez, Madagascar; St. Denis, Reunion; with overnights at Eilat, Israel; Mahe, Seychelles; and Port Louis, Mauritius. In January 2015, the ship will begin 15-day itineraries roundtrip Port Louis, featuring an overnight at Port Louis and two nights at Mahe. The ship will also call at Nosy Be, Diego Suarez and Tamatave, Madagascar, and St. Denis. Departures are Jan. 12 and 26; and Feb. 9 and 23.
For reservations as well as more information on Costa’s neoCollection cruises, call your travel professional or 800-GO-COSTA, visit www.costacruises.com or check out the line’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/costacruises.na.